Whatever it is, a decision must be made soon

The Malaysia Open, a Super 750 event and one of badminton’s oldest tournaments, is set to be the second last event on the calendar this year to offer Olympic qualifying points. Slated for May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, it is also expected to be the first international tournament to open its doors to fans since Covid-19 hit its peak last year. The deadly B.1.617 variant, which caused a “Covid tsunami”, in India has reached our shores. Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said…

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Wong Choong Hann brought everyone down to earth

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was quick to bring everyone down to earth, despite the national players’ recent success in Europe. According to Choong Hann, everyone needs to continue working hard and not be satisfied with one or two achievements. Earlier this month, Lee Zii Jia became the talk of the town when the 23-year-old captured the All England men’s singles title. “Honestly, I would want to see them all beef up their fitness level after what I saw in Europe. This includes the Orleans Masters.…

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A test of mind and heart for Lee Zii Jia.

Based on sports science alone, it will be too much to expect a miracle from the 23-year-old national men’s singles. But if Zii Jia defies the odds like he did last year when he reached the All England semi-finals before losing narrowly to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, it could boost his dented spirit. “We have sports science to calculate how fast a player can recover, and in Zii Jia’s case, he will need some time. “You can’t just achieve something overnight by simply thinking of it,” he added Zii Jia has…

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National women's doubles have not forgotten their humble beginnings

The World No 30, who are expected to move up the updated rankings this week, took time to pay tribute to their former coaches, Rosman Razak and Wong Pei Tty, whose services were not extended by BAM last year. “Honestly, coach Rosman was my inspiration when everything around me was crumbling.Said Thinaah “I was lost and didn’t know what to do when my singles career was going nowhere.Said Thinaah Pearly, who was already making waves as a junior player with former partner Toh Ee Wei, also spoke highly of Rosman…

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National No 1 Lee Zii Jia, slowly but surely regaining his form

NATIONAL No 1 Lee Zii Jia, who checked into the Swiss Open semi-finals, is slowly but surely regaining his form. the national player was at his best when he downed India’s B. Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-17 in the quarter-finals at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel yesterday. He has improved since slipped down to No 11 in the world ranking following a few underwhelming performances during the BWF Asian tour in Bangkok in January It was also a fruitful outing for mixed doubles Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing who are in…

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Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep the good run going

MALAYSIA:  Fast improving women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep their recent good run going after breezing into the second round of the Swiss Open. The pair, buoyed by their recent quarter-final appearances at the Thailand Open and Thailand Masters, were hardly troubled as they got past Austrian pair Serena Au Yong-Katharina Hochmeir 21-7, 21-6 in the first round in Basel on Wednesday. Pearly-Thinaah now ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world. A frustrating outing for World No 27 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani as they…

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Kisona is now No1 women's singles player under the BAM stable

Malaysian shuttler S.kisona is now the highest-ranked women’s singles player under the BA of Malaysia (BAM) stable. Although World No 62 is only the second-highest ranked Malaysian in the world rankings, she will now take the centre stage following BAM’s decision to drop 32nd-ranked Soniia Cheah recently. The experience gained in two top-tier events in Bangkok last month has boosted her morale for the future. The Negri Sembilan-born is now preparing for next month’s All England and Orleans Masters. “I was lucky to qualify for the two Thailand Opens. I…

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German Open, an Olympic qualifier called off

Next month’s German Open, an Olympic qualifying badminton event, in Mulheim has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a brief statement, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said: “The Yonex German Open in Mulheim on March 9-14 has been cancelled. This is unsightly a piece of shattering news to the shuttles, hoping to achieve in the Tokyo Games. The German Open, a Super 300 event, was slated as the second tournament of the 2021 season after the Swiss Open on March 2-7.

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